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'Dead Man Walking' nun seeks mercy in Boston

Boston Bomber trialBoston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a Roman Catholic nun who is a prominent death penalty opponent that "no one deserves to suffer" as the victims of the deadly 2013 attacks had, the nun testified on Monday.

Tsarnaev's trial is entering its final stages. The federal jury that last month found the 21-year-old guilty of killing three people and wounding 264 others will soon begin deliberating whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of release.

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Jailed nuke-protesting nun, 85, has conviction overturned

nunAn anti-nuke nun may soon be blessed with freedom.

An appeals court has overturned the sabotage convictions of an 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who broke into a weapons-grade uranium facility and splashed blood on the walls.

But Sister Megan Rice, locked up in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for the past two years, 66-year-old Michael Walli, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 59, are not totally in the clear yet.

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Mother Nature on Mother's Day: Tornadoes, tropical storm, snow

other Nature on Mother's daySevere storms tore across the southern Plains, more than a foot of snow blanketed parts of the northern Plains and Tropical Storm Ana blasted into South Carolina as Mother Nature brought Mother's Day havoc to much of the nation Sunday.

Parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa had the "greatest potential" for tornadoes and large hail Sunday, the National Weather Service said. On Saturday, one person was killed after a tornado struck a rural farming and ranch area about 100 miles west of Fort Worth, WFAA-TV reported.

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2 Mississippi officers fatally shot; 3 suspects arrested

2 Missouri police killedTwo Mississippi police officers — one a rookie — were shot to death during an evening traffic turned violent, a state law enforcement spokesman said Sunday. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder.

The deaths of the officers are the first to hit the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg in three decades — and come amid a national debate on policing, race and the use of deadly force, following the recent killings of unarmed black men by police in Missouri, South Carolina and elsewhere.

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Nine Georgia deputies fired over death of black college student in jail

Georgia deputies firedNine Georgia sheriff's deputies were fired over the death of a 22-year-old black college student who was placed in restraints in police custody, officials said Friday.

Chatham County Sheriff Al. St. Lawrence said the firings followed an internal investigation and a separate probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations into the New Year’s Day death of Matthew Ajibade.

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At Vegas trial, Sheldon Adelson faces new scrutiny as documents challenge his testimony

Sheldon AdelsonSheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino magnate and key Republican party donor, spent four combative days in a Las Vegas court this week defending his gambling empire from accusations of bribery and ties to organised crime.

By the time the hearing was over, Adelson had argued with the judge, contradicted the evidence of his own executives and frustrated his lawyers by revealing more information than he was required to in response to simple yes or no questions. But most importantly, far from laying the allegations against his Las Vegas Sands conglomerate to rest, the billionaire’s answers threw up yet more questions which he is likely to have to return to court to answer.

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Good enough to fight for the US but missing the mark for citizenship

soldier, but not citizenKenyan native John Chombo was studying in the United States to become a nurse when he heard the U.S. Army was looking for people with health care or special language skills.

He was qualified on both counts. He was studying nursing and was fluent in Swahili. In 2013 he was accepted into the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, designed for legal noncitizens, such as foreign students and agricultural workers. Since MAVNI began in 2009, more than 4,000 people have enlisted through the program.

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